EW Community TV Show Episode Guides and Recaps from EW's Community

'Friday Night Lights' recap: The damage is done

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “It’s Different for Girls” | Aired Dec 12, 2006

The mistake that so many people make about Friday Night Lights is thinking it’s a show about football. It may be a show that has a football team, with characters whose lives revolve around that football team, but it is about so much more than the game. Friday Night Lights is about people. It’s about the choices we make and the people we love and the way those two things are connected. It’s about the different dimensions that live within each of us, allowing us to be different people at different times; at once kind and tough, careless and thoughtful, in love and unfaithful.

This week finds Lyla reeling in the wake of her infidelity becoming public knowledge. She faces the wrath of judgmental high school girls who show no mercy with their “Lyla Garrity is a whore”–themed website. She tries to talk to Jason, but he has no interest in speaking to her. She is relegated to sitting alone, like a pariah, at school. Tim tries to sit with her, but it only makes it worse, fueling the gossip and stares. Tyra approaches Tim, telling him to back off, that he is making things even harder on Lyla. She can’t fathom why he would think it was a good idea to sit with her, until she sees it in his eyes. He’s in love with Lyla.

Matt Saracen is also developing some feelings. Unfortunately for him, they’re for his coach’s daughter. Matt and Julie have gotten past the awkward phase and have agreed they want to see each other. Coach Taylor isn’t such a fan of this idea, though, and does his damnedest to keep them apart. It leads to some of FNL‘s funniest moments, including when Coach busts up a TV-watching date because they were under a blanket. Tami comes in after the damage is done, and Coach looks at her and gives her his best defense: They were under a blanket! “You’re an idiot,” his wife rightly points out.

Later, when Coach finds out that Matt is planning on taking Julie out on a Saturday morning, Coach gives him game tape to review all weekend, knowing he won’t have time to go on a date if he’s busy with football work. Julie outsmarts him by going to Matt’s to watch the game film with him. Watching Coach and Tami navigate this new water is incredibly entertaining. It manages to be funny while also expressing the real struggle that comes with allowing our children to grow up. Tami is a little bit better at it, expressing her fears to her husband but still allowing her daughter to have some freedom. Coach, on the other hand, is basically a disaster, meddling and getting involved in ways he really shouldn’t. For a man who has so many strong moments, these early days of Julie’s relationship with Matt are not his finest.

And just starting out in a new relationship is Smash with his pastor’s daughter, Waverly (Aasha Davis). Waverly is different from most of the girls Smash hooks up with because she’s not impressed by him and thinks all his nonsense is annoying. She even calls him out on talking about himself in the third person. Smash hasn’t seen her for a while because she’s been in Africa on a Christian outreach program. Smash has a hunch that’s not really where she’s been. She has a hunch that Smash didn’t really use the church money for an SAT class. This could get interesting.

This week is also the cheerleading championships. Lyla is having a hard time staying focused while her teammates are destroying her. She tells Tami she is going to quit the team. She’s been pretending to care since Jason’s accident and she’s just had enough. On the day of the event, Lyla is at home while all of her teammates are getting ready for their big performance. It is a day that Lyla has been looking forward to her whole life, and she is minutes away from missing it. Tim shows up at her house and tells her she needs to go. He reminds her that she is an amazing cheerleader, and that he believes that she feels the same way when she’s cheering as he does when he’s playing football: There’s nothing else in the world. And, he surmises, she could use a little bit of that right about now.

That’s not the only beautifully selfless thing Tim did for Lyla this episode. He also took it upon himself to show up at Jason’s house and plead Lyla’s case. He lays it all out for Jason. Tim tells him that Lyla is madly in love with him, that they made a mistake, and that Lyla is getting absolutely destroyed at school. He also tells Jason he knows he screwed up. Jason isn’t much interested in hearing what Tim has to say, but it must have made an impression because he does talk to Lyla when she comes back later. It’s heartbreaking to listen to them talk—two people who are so young, who truly love each other, but who were both rocked by this horrible accident. Ultimately Jason is the one stuck living with it for the rest of his life, but it can’t be ignored how much Lyla suffered too. Her pain is a little more ambiguous, but her life was turned upside down as well. Yes, she betrayed him, and no, Jason shouldn’t necessarily feel empathy toward her. But we should.

Jason desperately wants to pretend it never happened and continue being with Lyla, the way things used to be. But he can’t. The damage is done, and it can’t be undone.

Loose Ends

  • Smash’s steroid use is starting to catch up to him in the form of nosebleeds. His pastor also followed up to ask how the SAT class has been going. This can’t be going anywhere good.
  • Jason met with a lawyer about potentially suing the school. It becomes clear after a couple of questions that they are interested in suing Coach Taylor. Jason wants no part of it.


Matt is in Coach’s office talking about his relationship with Julie:
Matt: I don’t want this whole thing to be awkward.
Coach: You don’t want what to be awkward?
Matt: This whole thing between Julie and I.
Coach: Julie and me.
Matt: What?
Coach: It’s Julie and me. It’s a common mistake.

Eric and Tami in their room while Matt and Julie are watching TV in the living room:
Coach: What do you suppose they’re doing in there?
Tami: Probably having sex.
Coach: That’s not funny.
Tami: Well, it’s a little bit funny.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

You May Like